Woohoo! My first good lightning pics!!

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  1. Olympus8MP

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    Yay! I got my first good lightning captures today. A storm came through and I seized the opportunity. Enjoy!

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    ooh yes those are nice!
     
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    GREAT exposures. Looks like there was a little day light left. How long did you have the shutter open?
     
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    There was a little bit of daylight left. The longest exposure I could get was at f/22 and 100 ISO, but when I tried that, the lightning was too faint. What I did was use a few previous strikes to figure out what aperture to use (not too big or the lightning would wash out), then set the camera in aperture priority for that aperture. I let the camera do the shutter speed based on center weighted metering of the sky. These two photos were both 2.5 seconds @ f/9 aperture and 100 ISO.

    I had a few more catches, but they were too far off frame to make an attractive crop.
     
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    great shots, I've always wanted to get shots like that
     
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    nice shooting :)
     
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    Thanks!

    Figures, as soon as I get back because my batteries all died, the real good cloud crawlers started up :(
     
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    Good job, I know from expierence how hard it is to capture lightning.
     
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    I can't wait till the next storm now, I've got more ideas for composition! :D
     
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    cool pictures and very fitting for an electrical engineer :lol:

    I have been DYING for the first lightning storm here.
     
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    Looks incredible! I really like the second pic.
     
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    Wow, great captures. I can't wait till our next storm so I can go out and try!!
     

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